If you want an affordable phone with software and updates direct from Google, the Android One program is where you’ll find it.
Of course, the “affordable” aspect came as a by-product of this effort mostly being targeted at emerging markets. Japan is not one of those and yet, it happened to be following the same trend lines more or less with its Android One devices. That is, until now.
Meet the Sharp X1. It’s a simple and sleek design with what’s touted as a “4-day battery” with moderate use. It has all the standard features you’d find in a robust smartphone these days, including a fingerprint sensor, digital TV and FeliCa (this is Japan, after all) and ingress protection of IP6X / IPX5 / IPX8 levels.
This no-frills phone comes in white, green and black finishes and runs for ¥70,524 or $628 exclusively at Y!Mobile — it’s intended to be subsidized through a contract service plan.